This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (goat cheese mini puffs, p 7) might have been one to intimidate me a few years ago. I mean – CHOUX PASTRY!! It’s because of French Fridays with Dorie that I have no fear of the stuff – our first ever recipe was gougères which were a cinch (sssh!) and then we ventured into éclairs too, again with great success.
This thing with choux pastry is that when you produce it for guests, everyone is always so impressed. But honestly, it’s dead easy.
I whipped these up in no time at all and, not unlike when I bake macarons, I was found hovering around the oven, watching for the magic moment when they “puff”. I was not disappointed…
These “puffs” gave me so many ideas for (holiday) entertaining. I loved that they LOOKED like regular sweet cream puffs yet when you bit into them there was that wonderfully surprising tang of goat cheese mixed with a few herbs and a little cream cheese and heavy cream. Quite delightful!
The puffs had the lovely little “separation” in their middles where, if you choose, you can open them right up and fill the bottom then put the little lid back on top. Or, you know, if you over zealously fill them from the bottom with a piping bag, it’s the place where the filling will ooze out a little…
Mmmm – cheesy goodness And yes, I got a little carried away with not only the filling but also the piping of the actual puffs – they, ahem, weren’t so “mini”. But they were perfect for an apéritif snack anyway. Good to know.
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